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Not Only Is The Volvo S90 Good Looking, It's Also Friendly To Polar Bears

There's no way the S90 could be any better than this.

The Volvo S90 made its debut just recently and it looks amazing. It might just be one of the best looking Volvos ever made. However, looks alone isn’t enough for a Volvo; crazy high-tech and great fuel economy should be included and it seems that Volvo has an engine to fulfill the latter. The Swedish automaker is developing a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine for the S90 as part of its joint venture with Geely, the Swedish automaker’s owner, for the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).

The CMA is what Volvo will use for the platform for its small vehicles. Certain elements from the the S90’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) will also be used in the smaller vehicles. Mertens said that “the engine will definitely be used in the 40 models and 60 models – so it goes across CMA and is also suitable for our larger Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). I could also see how it could form part of a different TwinEngine combination – and that could see use in the S90.” The S90 TwinEngine model has 401 hp and the hybrid powertrain option would sit below the TwinEngine model and only will be front-wheel-drive. Volvo’s senior vice-president of research and development Peter Mertens suggested that the engine can be part of a hybrid powertrain.

Merters also confirmed that Volvo has prototype S90s with three-cylinder hybrid powertrains running on the road. Swedish technology and invincibility with an eco-friendly hybrid setup sounds like a pretty good combination and we don’t think there will be any other way to make the S90 any better.

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